This is a followup to a previous post where I outlined how to deploy iSCSI LUNs using NetApp SnapDrive for Windows. This post does not use SnapDrive.

This document demonstrates how to enable MPIO, configure Mutual CHAP for iSCSI sessions, create iGroups and LUNs and then format the LUNs with NTFS.

The doc is here: Configuring MPIO and iSCSI Mutual CHAP on Windows v1

It covers Windows 2003, Windows 2008 and Windows 2012. Since Windows 2003 is quite lame, I had to use the NetApp DSM MPIO. Otherwise, its just plain old native Windows features and NetApp LUNs. All OS’s are grouped together by task so if you only need Windows 2003, just follow those steps through the document. Same for Windows 2008 or 2012.

Yes, Mutual CHAP does not provide robust crypto security but its better than nothing. It’s also a DoD STIG finding if not enabled. Its fairly easy to configure so why not use it.